Thursday, February 9, 2012

Kirkus Review - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

In her first novel, J.K. Rowling takes us inside the world of ten year old Harry Potter. So far, Harry's life has not been the best, his parents died when he was just a baby and he has been living with his aunt, uncle, and cousin who treat him like a household servant instead of a family member. However, today is his birthday and something miraculous happens. Harry receives a letter from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This leads to a rather spectacular showdown with his family and the realization that Harry can do magic.

Once at Hogwarts, Harry meets other students and becomes friends, particularly with Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. He also makes some enemies. Harry discovers that his parents were murdered by the evil Lord Voldemort, and that he is the only person to ever survive an attack by Voldemort, which makes him a bit of a celebrity in the wizarding world. Harry and his friends soon must solve a mystery involving the Sorcerer's Stone and keep it out of Voldemort's clutches.

This first novel quickly draws you into the action and gets you hooked on the world of Harry Potter and his magical friends. The author provides an immense amount of detail, bringing this magical world to life easily in the reader's imagination. It is not often that an adult can read and enjoy a story told through a 10 year old's eyes, but Rowling manages to make the story one that people of any age can enjoy.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1998
ISBN: 0-590-35340-3
Page count: 309pp
Publisher: Levine/Scholastic

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